Plexus, a company that drives cotton production in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, has acquired all production from the last harvest which, following the commercialisation period, was still in producers’ hands, said the governor of the province.
Eliseu Machava told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that pressure had to be put on the company, which said it did not have enough transport for all the cotton produced, to buy up all the cotton that remained.
The company’s financial director, Faustino Catingue, explained the delays by noting weather conditions last year that led to higher yields compared to previous years.
Catingue gave assurances that Plexus had bought all the cotton stored at warehouses in Balama and the city of Montepuez, ready to be processed and transformed into cotton fibre at the company’s factory.
He also said that Plexus continued to promote cotton production and had already distributed seed for the current campaign. There were areas in which the cotton was already at the germination and growth stage, he noted.
The Cabo Delgado delegate for the Mozambican National Cotton institute, Mário Vasconcelos, had previously said that the province was expected to see production of 32,000 tons, but in fact production exceeded 40,000 tons. (macauhub)